Melbourne residents caught flouting stay at home orders amid second wave of COVID-19

| 03.07,20. 02:35 AM |

Melbourne residents caught flouting stay at home orders amid second wave of COVID-19


Police set up an RBT-style road block into one of those areas, Broadmeadows, but that didn't stop drivers using rat-runs to get through. (A Current Affair)

Residents in Melbourne's lockdown suburbs have been caught openly flouting stay-at-home orders, as police vow to crackdown on anyone doing the wrong thing.

A Current Affair cameras caught families sitting outdoors for lunch, while others admitted to being confused about what the new restrictions meant.

From 11.59pm last night, 10 Melbourne postcodes were plunged into lockdown – encompassing 36 suburbs.

Police set up an RBT-style road block into one of those areas, Broadmeadows, but that didn't stop drivers using rat-runs to get through.

Six other suburbs A Current Affair visited had no roadblocks, allowing hundreds of cars to pass through without question.

Victorian Liberal leader Michael O'Brien said if the lockdown wasn't being properly policed, the virus could potentially spread even further.

"I think a lot of people are very concerned," he said.

"Is this lockdown going to work?

"How practical is it to lock down 10 whole postcodes?" Mr O'Brien added.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said 1000 officers were already on the beat.

"The window of police discretion is a very small window at the moment I can assure you, and it's rapidly closing."

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